as submitted by Bill
I am not an Army wife.
The heading of this section, “Experiences of Army Wives” is why I’m writing.
I am an Army husband.
Consider the stresses of the Army wife, loneliness, sense of abandonment, and jealousy of their husbands’ freedom in their huge Army family. Add the worry and the doubts about how important you really are to the person who leaves so often.
Then add the simple facts that at least 99% of supports that are out there are supports for women. Your wife trains with body armor and 50 cal machine guns and you’re at home making sure the kids have food, clean clothes and get an education. I’m more “liberated” than most, but after a while it makes you start questioning your manhood. You joke to others about wearing an apron but you can’t avoid the embarrassment. Who can you call for support? An Army wife? No – - – - – not a good idea for so many reasons. Even if you do find another male in the same situation men find it real hard to talk about feelings.
Army wives feel more and more distressed as deployment time approaches. This is totally understandable, but it also happens to men. But the people around him are less accepting if he, a man, shows how he’s feeling or, God forbid, looks for support. Of course this is stereotyping but you can never completely be free of it, if not you then in others.
If there’s a point to this it is: Be aware of the Army husband and that he’s suffering too. Do what you can reasonably do to lend support if you’re so inclined. And maybe think of Army spouses as humans experiencing much of what you do, regardless of gender.
as submitted by Clenton
Hello, I am new to the Army Spouse world and I am a Army Husband with two kids. I was originally going to be the one to join the Army, but due to a medical condition, I was unable to pass the physical. So my wife had told me she would like to join and that she this is something that she would really love to do. I tried everything to talk her out of joining, because she was joining in a time of war, and she then told me her reasons for wanting to join, and they were to provide our family with a better life and provide our kids with a better future. One rule of being married to someone, is to support and back up your spouse in any decision they make and this was something she really wanted to do, so I started supporting her and even helped her study everything she needed to know before she joined, I would even quiz her on the info we had been studying.
I got called all kinds of names from Army Wife to House Wife by friends and co-workers, and I would joke back with them, but after while, it got old. But I didn’t let them drag me down, my wife and I didn’t make this decision to impress anybody, we made this decision to better ourselves and our family and it has. My wife and I had only been married for 5 yrs and we had 2 beautiful children when she decide to join. But while she was gone for boot camp, I really began to realize not only everything she had done for this family before she joined, but I realized how much I didn’t do and it was a big wake up call for me. So not only am I having to take care of everything she did before she left and taking care of our two kids, but I have really enjoyed it. It has giving me a chance to bond with my children. I didn’t realize how much I was going to miss her and it has not only changed me as a person, but made me a better father and husband.
After while you adjust and get used to the change, but it is not always easy. My wife was OSUT, meaning when she left for boot camp, she didn’t come home after boot camp, she went straight into AIT, about 17 weeks total. Well she graduated and was able to come home for Christmas for 2 weeks, then had to report to her duty station without the kids and I, and we had to wait in our home state until we got a house on base before we moved to her location.
Well her first day at her duty station was difficult for me, because I was so used to seeing her every day, and she wasn’t even able to talk much because of the briefing that she was going through. Well when I finally was able to talk to her later that night, she told me that they said that her unit will be deployed soon to Afghanistan. They told her that her first day back from training.
Yes we knew it was a good possibility of her being deployed, but I figured they would let her at least get her family moved up there with her and her be there for a few months before deploying her, so I am needing some words of advise, and I want to know how other Army Spouse’s handle the news of there spouse being deployed. I know it is very common for a soldier to be deployed, but this will be the first time for our family and I am trying to find a way to mentally prepare myself and our family for this. But it doesn’t bother me to be called an Army Spouse, I am proud of my soldier and will support her in any decision she makes.